Thursday 31 March 2011

Will becoming an Academy save your school from cuts?

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One of the only arguments being put for schools becoming an Academy is that they will get more money, and it will protect them from cuts and job losses.

In fact a number of Academies are already making cuts, and more are expected to follow.

 

Waterhead Academy in Oldham only opened in September, but already faces a ‘significant’ funding shortfall. The Head has told staff that there will be redundancies. There are rumours of significant job losses.

http://www.oldham-chronicle.co.uk/news-features/8/news-headlines/54253/academy-jobs-under-threat

 

Both Crest Boys and Crest Girls Academies in Brent, run by E-Act, have tried to make staff redundant.

STRIKE THREAT AT 21 REDUNDANCIES PROPOSED AT CREST GIRLS ACADEMY

Crest Boys’ Academy teachers strike against redundancies

 

Other schools are making people redundant in advance of becoming an Academy, so that the local council have to pay for it.

http://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/at-a-glance/education/teachers_to_lose_jobs_as_school_cuts_deficit_1_3217465

 

We all need to make sure staff and parents know that becoming an Academy will not stop cuts or save jobs. To do that we need to stand together for a democratic, accountable, properly funded education system.

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